Japanese woodblock printing is a beautiful non-toxic way of making and printing an image by hand, using watercolours, traditional tools and paper.
In this course, students will learn the basics of Japanese woodblock technique: how to use traditional tools, how to carve blocks of soft plywood and how to print using traditional brushes and dampened paper.
The first day will include an introduction to all the materials and a brief experimentation with all of the tools, brushes and basic printing techniques.
At the end of the class, students will each take home blocks of plywood, sets of tools and instructions on how to design and carve a multi-block print at home. There is the option of collaborating with each other if students are keen, otherwise students are welcome to pursue their own independent projects.
One month later we will meet again to finish the carving and learn some more printing techniques and we will print the multi-coloured prints together.
Students will be given a set of carving tools each of which they will be able to keep after the course.
Who is this workshop for?
No previous experience is required for this workshop and is open to complete beginners or those with some knowledge.